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Figgins, Wakamatsu ejected in finale

Figgins, Wakamatsu ejected in finale

SEATTLE -- The Mariners provided offensive fireworks with a three-run first inning against the Angels on Sunday, then second baseman Chone Figgins and manager Don Wakamatsu provided more entertainment before the third frame got under way.

During his second-inning at-bat, Figgins bristled at a 3-1 pitch that plate umpire Tim Timmons called for a strike on the outside corner. After he grounded out to end the frame one pitch later, he turned around and appeared to say something in Timmons' direction.

He was quickly tossed, and when Wakamatsu came out to discuss it with Timmons, first-base umpire Tim Tschida got involved, Wakamatsu retorted and Tschida ejected him.

Wakamatsu had come out of the dugout in the first to talk to third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez when Figgins was called out trying to advance to third on a single by Jose Lopez. That exchange was calm, but the meeting with Timmons and Tschida was much more heated.

That was the second early exit of Wakamatsu's career, as he was sent packing May 20 -- his 203rd game -- for arguing when Ichiro Suzuki was caught stealing.

It's hard to measure the impact of a manager being ejected, but Figgins' absence was notable right away, as his replacement, Matt Tuiasosopo, made an error during the third at-bat of the third by dropping a line drive hit right at him by Bobby Abreu.

The miscue put runners at first and second with one out, but starter Jason Vargas got out of the jam with a popout and strikeout.

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